Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels, Taupo

A luxury Taupo resort with stunning lake views Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo luxury hotels with . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn Visit website

Perfectly located adjacent to the snow fed waters of New Zealand's largest crater lake, at Twin Peaks we offer affordable lakeside accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

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Oasis Beach Resort Visit website

True lake edge location and fabulous facilities make this a favourite for many of our regular guests - this property has it all and is . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

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Ashbrook Motel Visit website

Ashbrook Motel, Taupo in the central North Island. Located in a Quiet location on CBD fringe yet only 12 min stroll to Lakefront offering superior . . . More . . . 

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Creel Lodge Motel & Retreat Visit website

Quiet, affordable relaxing retreat on the river. Trout fishing at its best. Rafting, snow skiing, Tongariro Crossing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, walking and tramping. . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Barcelona Motel Visit website

Welcome to our Mediterranean-style complex in a park-like setting with private courtyard. A quiet, friendly place to stay. Walking distance to your choice of restaurants, . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Clearwater Motor Lodge Visit website

SITUATED RIGHT ON THE SHORES OF LAKE TAUPO At CLEARWATER Motor Lodge we offer quality lake edge motel accommodation, with 6 units having unlimited views . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park provides a central base to enjoy all there is to do in the Taupo region, whilst being the only . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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